History of Selby in 10 Objects

You voted for your favourite historical finds from Selby to join our 3D online exhibition and the winners have been chosen!

To join our 3D Finial from Selby Abbey and 3D Herball book as the rest of our top 10 in our Minecraft map we will have:


Fletcher’s Sauce Bottles

These sauce bottles were bought from Reg who owned the antique shop near St Marys. Fletchers was a Selby company, who made sauces. J.P Fletcher opened the factory in 1915, where their most famous sauces, Titbits and Tiger, were made until HP closed the line in 1994. Courtesy, Angela Robinson.

Cheesemans Shawl

The shawl belonged to my great grandmother, Mary Jane Welbourn who was born in 1866. It has been passed down through the family. It was purchased from Cheesemans of Selby which was later taken over by Wetherells we are not sure if it is mourning attire or was used as "Sunday best."  Courtesy, Catherine Keable.

Selby Abbey Roof Boss

This roof boss was damaged in the Selby Abbey fire of 1906. It is one of the only surviving wooden objects from the fire, however, was too badly damaged to be repaired. It is now displayed in the south transept of the Abbey. Courtesy, Selby Abbey.

Roman Facepots

This Roman head pot was found by archaeologists working on the Turnhead Farm site in Barlby. The pot represents Septimus Severus, Roman Emperor 193-211. The Imperial family resided in Britain from 208 until Severus’s death in 211 in York. Courtesy, MAP Archaeological Practice.

Maundy Money

Every Easter the Queen presents Maundy Money in recognition of people’s service to church and community. Selby Abbey was the first Parish Church to be honoured with this ceremony as part of the Selby 900 celebrations.

 “My grandfather Albert was honoured with a gift of Maundy Money in 1969, being put forward as having a long commitment to Selby and the Abbey.”  Courtesy, John Cattanach

One-pound Banknote

This bank note for one pound was issued by Selby Bank and signed by John Foster, the banker and local merchant, on 1st May 1815. Courtesy, Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Selby Abbey Seal

This is a seal cast of the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary and St Germanus, Selby. It dates to 1282 and depicts St Germanus seated on a throne holding a pastoral staff and raising his right hand in benediction. Courtesy, Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Christies Ballroom Plate 

Christie's Ballroom was where everyone in Selby used to go dancing. There was a huge rollerblading rink with seats all around the edge. It is now Rivermills Ballroom. This plate was found at a Selby antique fair with many of my other finds. Courtesy, Angela Robinson.

Next up…we scan the objects for the exhibition.

We will now scan your favourite objects to record every little detail, turn it into an online 3D model, so we can see all its little details as if you were holding it in your hands.

The models will also be embedded in a digital Minecraft Selby, as a place to discover them around the town. Within the game KrashLabs have built Selby Abbey and Abbot’s Staith and have been working to lay out our town in its online map. Follow this link to see our Minecraft build in action!

Coming up we will be hosting talks and information sessions about the Minecraft model and stories of how the winning objects have been explored by our experts through research into its history, and what potential they might hold in telling the story of Selby in the future. Keep a look out on our community activities page for more information about the talks coming up.